vahinkoelain: Follow your dreams CANCELLED (follow your dreams)
Just watched a Québécois movie called C.R.A.Z.Y. Didn't understand a word of their French!

I liked it rather more than I had expected. I'm not usually that into men's coming-of-age stories where they have difficult relationships with their fathers etc. Seen too many of them. But this movie was actually quite good! It was funny. The characters were likable. The clothes were groovy. The guy who played the main character had quite a pretty face. And body.

I'd recommend it to anybody who likes French, the 60's or the 70's or the 80's, pretty boys, LGBT coming-of-age stories or quirky, non-Hollywood movies. Or all of the above.

Like you can guess, the movie was about (among other things) being a gay boy growing up in the 70's. I don't know why, but somehow seeing how bad he had it with his parents made me intensely grateful for my parents. I don't like feeling grateful - I should be able to expect being treated well despite my queerness. And, well, my parents weren't THAT easy either. But still I can't help but feel grateful that they never made me fear them because of who I am. Damn it.

vahinkoelain: A picture of Gwen and Morgana with text "Stupid sexism, Gwen and Morgana do not approve" (stupid sexism)

Some time ago, I watched The Sword in the Stone. I should have done it sooner! Some SPOILERY notes I made about the movie:

AHA! moments:
- So that's where the Marvin thing comes from! In the movie, there's a king who can't seem to remember Merlin's name, instead calling him Marlin or Marvin or what have you. (And this has been transferred into fics.)
- That's where the Archimedes thing comes from! In the movie, Merlin has an owl named Archimedes. (I've seen Archimedes in one fic on the kinkmeme, unfortunately I cannot find it right now because I can't find delicious' search function. FAIL.)
- That's where Madame Mim made her first appearance! I thought that she had been created for the Mickey Mouse magazine.

Compare/contrast with Merlin the series:
-The Sword in the Stone has a strong theme on how destiny doesn't bind you.
- Arthur made a speech about how magic is good.

Stuff that sucked:
- Merlin compared heterosexuality to gravity. Seriously.
- The "Girls are soooo strange!" trope was invoked when female squirrels harassed squirrel!Arthur and squirrel!Merlin. Also, harassment is funny. Especially when it's girls harassing boys.
- Madam Mim called herself ugly :( I thought her character looked like a pretty normal middle-aged woman... with additional lilac hair. Also, if I remember correctly, she was the only woman in the movie. (Well, it's a Disney movie from the 60's, what did I expect.)


vahinkoelain: A picture of Morgana LeFay, played by Katie McGrath (Default)

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